ISIS is spreading its tentacles across India. The modus operandi of the Lucknow stand off where home grown Khorasan were behind the attack. They were indoctrinated on the Internet .This was the Kanpur-Lucknow ISIS Khorasan module. This shows that ISIS may be having different modules in operation in different areas of the country. Even though the operation by anti-terror squad and Lucknow police was well conducted and a terrorist Saifullah killed during an encounter, till date 40 incidents including events of sabotage have been reported in 2017 as compared with 45 incidents in 2016. Even the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast was affiliated with the ISIS and the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan clarified that after placing the pipe bomb in the train, the terrorists had proceeded to send the pictures to Syria. The link between the train accident and the
Lucknow nabbing is clear. It only goes to show the network of these terrorists is already widespread and the ISIS reach is increasing far and wide and social media is becoming an important tool as seen in the Lucknow crackdown.
This is alarming. Is the government ready to take on ISIS threat? Government’s response to terrorism has been episodic; And soon after the attacks the government appears to take short-term measures. There is no coherent strategy to respond to terrorism. There is no planning and the response is often knee-jerk. all this needs to change and a coherent strategy to counter terrorism needs to be in place.
Look at what happened in Mumbai attack of 26/11 was such where the failure of country’s intelligence community came to the fore. the problem is that state police and intelligence agencies have not yet geared up to take on new challenges. They are more relics of colonial era more trained for policing and spying on political rivals rather than investigations and intelligence.
But even where the intelligence agencies perform well, it is the politicians who shy away from making tough security decisions for fearing of angering the constituents.The government needs to unleash a major crackdown on ISIS activities. Lest it does not become another Kashmir. It should take all the leads seriously and pursue the leads that they have on their files to see that no suspect escapes justice. In fact do what ever it needs to do from policy level to operations.